Celebrating the University’s strong bond with Mexican institutions

Posted: November 28, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Dave Button, Vice-President (Administration) and Livia Castellanos, Associate Vice-President (International).
Dave Button, Vice-President (Administration) and Livia Castellanos, Associate Vice-President (International). Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

Two members of the U of R’s executive team have been recognized for their work in helping strengthen the University’s ties with partner institutions in Mexico.

At a special event in Mexico City, Dave Button, Vice-President (Administration) and Livia Castellanos, Associate Vice-President (International) were honoured by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and the School of Management of Institutions of the Universidad Panamericana. They were presented with the ESDAI International Hospitality Award.

Castellanos was recognized for her leadership in moving forward international academic endeavors between Mexico and Canada – supporting the mobility of students, faculty and staff members.

“In my almost 20 years of career in international education, I have worked with multiple institutions around the world. When I met my colleagues from Universidad Panamericana, I truly realized the wonderful impact that hospitality has in international education,” says Castellanos. “Through our work at UR International, we are positively impacting the lives of international students, faculty members, and university staff.”

The awards ceremony, November 11, was also attended by Pierre Alarie, Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico and Armando Ortega, President of CanCham Board of Directors, an organization that promotes trade and investment between Canada and Mexico.

Button was recognized for his long career and contribution in the areas of administration and facilities management. Button has served as Vice-President (Administration) since 2006, supporting 15,000 students and 2,400 faculty and administrative staff.

In addition, Button has been a key player supporting Mexican educational facilities management through the Association of Physical Plant Administrators.

“It has been an incredible experience to work with colleagues in Mexico. Having visited university campuses around the world I can state unequivocally that the Mexican university campuses are among the best in the world,” says Button. “Mexico also excels in globalization and service culture. This is most evident in the School of Management of Institutions of Universidad Panamericana that is among the best in the world in teaching service culture globally.”

The Universidad Panamericana is one of the top private universities in Mexico with campuses in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Aguascalientes. It offers an array of academic programs including law and medicine. It’s also the home of the IPADE Business School, ranked as one of the best MBA programs in the world by Forbes Magazine, Expansion Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times.

Alumni serve in multiple renowned companies around the world in the public and private sectors. The current President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, is a graduate.

The U of R has deep connections with Mexico. More than 100 students from Mexico currently attend classes at the U of R. The University has 35 academic agreements with 27 Mexican institutions, offering numerous opportunities for U of R students to study abroad.

If you’re interested in taking credit classes in Mexico, contact the Study Abroad office for more information.